Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk, American aviator, left on July 20 with the New Shepard, the spacecraft of the billionaire owner of the space company “Blue Origin” and founder of “Amazon”
Genoa – At the age of 82, he crowned and even surpassed one of his secret dreams that of flying. She is Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk, an American aviator who left on July 20 with the New Shepard, the spaceship of billionaire Jeff Bezos, owner of the space company Blue Origin and founder of Amazon.
In the 1970s, Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk applied to NASA three times but was turned down. She was among the passengers on the first flight along with Bezos, her brother Mark and the 18-year-old Oliver Daemen.
This flight leads her to be the oldest to fly after John Glenn who at 77, in 1988, went to space. “Dreams keep you long-lived and active, they are one of the factors of longevity – he explains Francesco Landi, president of Sigg, the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics – To start with a rocket, moreover, it takes a not indifferent physical performance: it is the sign that there is no limit and that with adequate preparation and prevention we can achieve excellent performance even at 80 years old. But we must not forget the issues that older people face every day, such as those suffering from dementia. We must not pursue youthfulness at all costs “.